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EEOC Litigation Settlement Activity – January 2020

2020-02-03

EEOC settled 19 lawsuits, including the largest settlement of $20,500,000 obtained by the Phoenix District and Denver field offices. 

During the first month of 2020, EEOC settled 19 discrimination lawsuits.  However, they did not publicize any lawsuits filed in January.  As has been the case in past months, most of the settlements involved charges of disability discrimination (6) and sexual harassment or sexual harassment and retaliation (5).  As communicated, EEOC recovered $22,347,500 including the largest settlement of $20,500,000 obtained by the Phoenix District and Denver field offices against Jackson National Life Insurance.  Most of the settlements involved consent decrees ranging from two to four-and-a-half years.  There appears to be a trend towards longer consent decrees.

Summary of settlements by type

Age

  • Norfolk Southern Corporation [1/31/20] entered into a three-year consent decree after a lawsuit was filed by the New York District office.  The company will pay $350,000 and take substantial non-monetary action to settle the age discrimination lawsuit.  The company refused to hire qualified individuals over the age of 51 for the position of special agent, a railway security position because they believed that they would not work for the company for 10 years.

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